Sun-Pinned Leaves are Christopher Brown from Kent (England) on vocals & Neil Faulkner from Essex (England) – playing all instruments background vocals and production.
Chris and Neil first wrote songs together at school in 1975. They continued writing and performing together and separately (including 1976 punk band ‘Nuffin’) before pursuing separate projects in the mid-1980s. Having reunited Neil and Chris were keen to record their favourite self-penned 80s material plus new songs resulting in Sun-Pinned Leaves' first album ‘Theories of Destiny’ which achieved 8th best album of 2019 in EATEN ALIVE zine Feb 2019 fb: @eatenalivezine. The album was debuted live at the Lighthouse, Deal in August, 2019.
Their second album ‘Trans-Genre Express’ was released on 3rd April 2020 and third album ‘Eclipse’ on 1st October 2020 with both receiving airplay on UK, US, Canadian, South African, Australian, Spanish and French radio. The Americana flavoured tribute to John Denver ‘Monterey Bay’ was a weekly number 1 with Banks Radio Australia, ‘Hope Train’ was a weekly number 6 with Independent Radio Network and ‘I Used to Know her Mother’ was a weekly number 16 with Zootapradio, Texas. ‘Eclipse’ was awarded 6th best album of 2020 by EATEN ALIVE @eatenalivezine). In December 2020 ‘Love Is’ was voted the Christmas Number 1 by listeners of Sittingbourne’s ‘Live & Listed, presented by Ian Henderson. Sun-Pinned Leaves were featured on the BBC Radio Kent Upload show on 20/4/21.
Sun-Pinned Leaves 4th album the Americana ‘Rock ‘N’ Road’ released July 2021 was their
most popular to date making No 5 in the Top 30 albums for 2021 as selected by EATEN
ALIVE zine March 2022) and saw the band pass the landmark of appearing on over 200
different radio shows worldwide. The album and singles received stellar reviews on several online
blogs and websites including UK Country Radio.com
With each release gaining greater notoriety than its predecessor, the duo released their fifth album 'Altered States' on 6th August 2022 with hopes to continue the trend. Altered States, a set of original songs which augment an Americana Folk and Country heart with complimentary genres did not disappoint and the track ‘Brilliant Jewel’ was voted ‘Best Song Collaboration of Spring 2022 by the World Songwriting Awards (WSA). This, their most successful album to date went on to achieve ‘Album of the Week’ at UK Country Radio A sister track ‘Prohibition Whiskey Blues 32’ was a ‘Best Blues Song’ WSA finalist during the Summer of 2022. In November the band appeared as ‘Artist of the Week’ on the Museboat Live Channel. ‘Bodie’ was next to gain recognition with an appearance in the Top 10 of Museboat’s ‘Best Song of the Year Annual Gala Chart’ of 2022. Meanwhile ‘Brilliant Jewel had now climbed to 56 in the World Indie Music Chart. To cap off a successful 2022 Sun-Pinned Leaves were a featured artist on Folk Pilot’s ‘Review of the Year’and ‘Monterey Bay’ from the band’s ‘Eclipse’ album was a Finalist in Blues & Roots Radio’s International Song Contest and a top 3 position in the Simply Country chart
Into 2023 and the opening track of ‘Altered States’ ‘Voyage of the Mayflower’ was the ‘Most Popular Song on Museboat during March whilst ‘Eaten Alive Zine’ kindly voted SPL into Number Two for Album of the Year 2022, beaten only by the punk legends the Damned.
Global radio airplay by now had become a regular occurrence with literally hundreds of plays throughout the world and the BBC would often feature tracks on their Upload show in the Kent area.
By April 2023 Chris and Neil had been nominated in the International Singer Songwriting Association Awards in three categories and achieved ‘Finalist’ status in the Best International Vocal Duo’ category.
July 2023 saw the release of their sixth album ‘Tales From The Great Lakes’ and the lead single from this album ‘City’s Got Soul’ quickly hit the number one spot in the European Indie Chart and number five in the World Indie Music Chart. Meanwhile, that old stalwart from ‘Eclipse’. ‘Monterey Bay’ muscled into the top twenty of the World Indie Music Chart reaching number 14.
With two live dates played in 2023 and more to come soon, Sun-Pinned Leaves continue to write and play their unique brand of Americana influenced Rock, Modern Country and Folk and we are sure a seventh album from these prolific songsmiths probably isn’t too far into the future.
Chris and Neil - Nuffin 1977 (Pictures from London Weekend Television)
Neil and Chris - Nuffin 2019
Chris and Neil on separate projects during the 1980s
Chris and Neil Theories of Destiny promotion 2019
Neil and Chris Trans-Genre Express promotion 2020 (sleeve design by Dave Garrod)
Eclipse promotion 2020
Sun-Pinned Leaves as a four-piece during the Rock n Road album dates (L to R) Roger Smith, Chris, Josh Faulkner, Neil
Sun-Pinned Leaves as a three-piece in February 2022
(L to R) Neil, Josh, Chris